CSO roundtable: The economy’s effect on security management

ASIS International CSO Roundtable members talk strategy for security in tough times

These aren’t fun times for security. The industry is typically facing lean budgets and, in some cases, significant staffing cuts. Despite the trimming effects of an economic slow-down, today’s chief security officers have to face new security threats in addition to the threats that have never gone away. In light of this predicament, SecurityInfoWatch.com asked six top corporate security directors from ASIS International’s CSO Roundtable (an invitation-only group of senior security executives) how they were dealing with economic pressures and changing threat vectors. What we found is that they’re generally having to reexamine their priorities, stay vigilant for changing security needs, and try to be more nimble than ever in how they respond to incidents and prepare for the future.

The CSOs who shared their thoughts included the following:

Charles BaleyCharles Baley. ASIS International CSO Roundtable member Chuck Baley is the director of corporate security for Farmers Insurance Group. The Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's third-largest insurer of personally owned passenger automobiles and homeowners insurance. The company has close to 20,000 employees and operations in 41 states. Baley is a graduate of The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Regis BeckerRegis W. Becker, CPP. Becker is the global director of security and compliance and chief compliance officer for PPG Industries. PPG Industries is an international manufacturer of coating and specialty materials used in a variety of manufacturing industries. Prior to PPG, Becker served as director of corporate security for Praxair Inc. and as manager of special investigations for Union Carbide Corporation. Before working in corporate security, Becker worked as an FBI special agent; he began his law enforcement career in the district attorney’s office of Allegheny County (Pa.). He currently co-chairs the Advisory Board of ASIS International's CSO Roundtable.

Chad CallaghanChad Callaghan, CPP, CSC, CLSD. Callaghan is vice president of enterprise loss prevention for international hotel chain Marriott International; he has worked for Marriott for more than 30 years. Callaghan is the chair of the Lodging Sector for the Department of Homeland Security Commercial Facilities Coordinating Council, a past chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association Loss Prevention Committee, and a past member of the executive committee of ASIS International’s board of directors. He has helped plan security for the Atlanta and Salt Lake City Olympic Games.

Walter FountainWalter Fountain, CPP. Fountain is the director of enterprise security for Schneider National, a very large transportation services company based in Green Bay. Despite the “national” in its name, Schneider National actually now operate s multi-nationally, and its services include trucking and rail-based transportation of goods as well as logistics services. Fountain has been involved with ASIS International’s education programs and serves on the Security Council of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) as treasurer.

Ed McDonoughEdward McDonough, CPP, CFE. McDonough is the director of global security for Tyco International, having entered the company through its ADT division before being appointed as ADT’s security director in 2001 and then moving in 2003 to his director of global security role at parent company Tyco. McDonough has held security director positions at Barnett Bank, Dominion Bancshares, The First National Bank of Pennsylvania and Sears, and before joining Tyco he operated an independent security consulting company.

Michael OsborneMichael Osborne, CPP. Osborne is director of global security for Kinross Gold Corporation. He provides security oversight for this publicly traded, Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Russia, and he manages security for approximately 5,500 employees worldwide.

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